14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS — This is our most popular travel itinerary in South Africa and a great introduction to the country. It combines Cape Town, Garden Route, and ending with the opportunity for a safari in the Eastern Cape.
Day 1 – Cape Town
When you arrive at Cape Town International Airport, you will meet a representative from Ngwenya Travel and Tours, they will escort you to your accommodation in a private vehicle. After checking in, you have the rest of the day at your leisure to relax after your flight or you may choose to start the exploration of Cape Town. You are spoiled for choice, you may decide to go to the V&A Waterfront to view its many trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants. charity.
Day 2 – Cape Town
Begin today with a private guided hike up Table Mountain for some spectacular views over the city and ocean. You’re collected from your accommodation and driven to the lower cable car station ready for your ascent. Your guide then leads you up steep, rocky trails to the mountain’s summit, with plenty of stops to catch your breath while taking in the views – you may see Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles in the distance. You take the cable car back down the mountain.
Day 3 – Cape Town
Today your private driver and guide will take you on a tour around the Cape Peninsula’s beautifully rugged coastline. Highlights include passing through the affluent suburb of Camps Bay, seeing the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, strolling around the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which is home to baboons, several antelope and bird species, as well as seals and dolphins offshore. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs en route, and you can purchase lunch in one of the area’s pretty towns.
Day 4 – Swellendam
The driving distance between Swellendam and Cape Town is 219.1km and it would take you 2 Hours 44 minutes if you average 80 km/h (49 mph). The most interesting thing in Swellendam would be its Museum. Here you see fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture and furnishings of the early days, Marloth Nature Reserve, Wildflowers, majestic mountain views, many hiking trails, and rare birds and animals grace this sprawling national park.
Day 5 – Oudtshoorn
Set off on your two and a half hour drive to Oudtshoorn. The journey takes you through a breath-taking mountain pass, the arid Karoo area and along Route 62, said to be the most scenic route in South Africa, cutting through an expanse of vineyards, huge mountains, and deep-cut valleys. We recommend taking your time to enjoy the views. After checking into your accommodation, begin to explore Oudtshoorn. The town is known as the ‘ostrich capital of the world, becoming wealthy through its ostrich feather industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today you can see the ornate sandstone houses once belonging to those who grew rich from the trade.
Day 6 – Oudtshoorn and Surroundings
Take the day to explore the beautiful mountainous area. The drive up to the Cango Caves is stunning. The caves offer guided tours daily including a walk around the caves with a guide but for those that are looking for more adventure, there is the adventure tour that takes you deeper into the caves through the tunnels with a guide.
Day 7 – Plettenberg Bay
Leave Oudtshoorn behind and drive for two hours to Plettenberg Bay. As you join the Garden Route at the town of George, the road runs along the coast, offering some beautiful views over the ocean. You may wish to stop for lunch in one of the coastal towns along the way. On arrival in Plettenberg Bay, settle into your accommodation before heading out to explore. You may wish to take a stroll along the sandy beach or walk along the dramatic cliff tops, looking out for sightings of whales (July – November) and dolphins offshore.
Day 8 – Plettenberg Bay
Make your way to the Tsitsikamma National Park. On arrival, you will leave the heights and get down to sea level. This will allow you to see and experience the coast from an entirely different perspective. Led by enthusiastic guides, you will paddle a kayak from the open ocean to the Storms River mouth and onward, passing under its photogenic suspension bridge. The upper reaches of the river gorge are explored by lilo, which is better able to navigate the shallower waters. All around you, the overhanging cliffs are draped with foliage, creating a cathedral-like stillness punctuated only by the burble of the river as it flows around gigantic boulders.
Day 9 – Plettenberg Bay
Join a small group cruise today exploring the passage of water between Robberg Point and the Tsitsikamma Marine Reserve, led by a knowledgeable guide who can tell you more about this protected area and point out its wildlife. The reserve, dominated by rugged cliffs and subtidal rocky reefs is compromised of a 58-kilometer stretch, forming part of the Garden Route National Park. As well as having the chance to spot Bottlenose dolphin, Humpback and Southern Right Whales, you can also spot birdlife, such as cormorants, kelp gulls, and African black oystercatchers. Please note this tour only operates between June to December.
Day 10 – Eastern Cape Game Areas
This morning you drive for around three hours from Plettenberg to Amakhala Game Reserve. After settling into your lodge, this afternoon you embark on your first game drive in the park with a knowledgeable guide, who can help track wildlife and tell you more about each species.
Day 11 – Eastern Cape Game Areas
Today you are at leisure on safari. There are 2 game drives a day, one in the early morning and the second in the late afternoon. After your morning game drive, you will arrive back at the lodge to eat a scrumptious breakfast. The rest of the day you have at leisure until the afternoon for your second drive, part of which will be at night – a chance to see some nocturnal animals.
Day 12 – Eastern Cape Game Areas
Today you have another full day on safari. Become part of Africa as you experience our Big 5 Safari Adventure on malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
You will be guided by informative, professional rangers through Amakhala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers. Here you can return to nature and explore the abundant wildlife, the diverse vegetation and the dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape. During your stay, you could also partake in a river cruise at Amakhala allowing you to view wildlife from a very different perspective.
Day 13 – International return flight
After your morning game drive and breakfast, you will drive out of the game reserve to Port Elizabeth Airport. Fly to Johannesburg to connect to your flight back home.
Day 14 – International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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